An Insider's Sonoma County
English Tea Garden Inn • Cloverdale, CA
- A Two-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays ($282) or Fridays and Saturdays ($339), in the Azalea, Cottage Rose, or Magnolia Rooms
- Daily Three-Course Breakfast for Two
- Wine Tasting Passport to More Than 120 Wineries
- Bottle of Wine
Sonoma County: nearly 2,000 square miles of terraced vineyards, farm-to-fork cuisine, bucolic creeks, coastal bluffs, and of course, award-winning wineries. And navigating it all? That's no simple task.
But with this week's Escape to Cloverdale, in the northernmost tip of Sonoma County, you can leave unwieldy guidebooks and color-coding behind—at the English Tea Garden Inn you'll have preferred access to the best guidebook in the biz: award-winning winemaker and mayor of Cloverdale, Gus Wolter.
He and his wife, Cindy, are serving up a two-night stay for two, Sundays through Thursdays ($282) or Fridays and Saturdays ($339) in the Azalea, Cottage Rose, or Magnolia rooms.
Each suite in this restored Victorian, just a short block from historic downtown Cloverdale, is appointed with a queen bed draped in fine linens, a double whirlpool bath, a separate bathroom with shower, luxury soaps and lotions, a fireplace, a TV with VCR, and a private entrance.
As long-time locals, the Wolters know that a day in wine country begins with a hearty meal. While Cindy plies you with a three-course breakfast—think fresh fruit, homemade pastries, and a hot entrée—ask Mayor Gus for suggestions on filling out your day.
You'll need them. With your included wine tasting passport, courtesy of Wine Country Inns, you'll have access to complimentary tastings at more than 120 wineries around the county. From mom-and-pop operations in the backwoods of Bodega to big-name wineries in the famed Dry Creek and Alexander valleys, Gus can help guide your palate through its paces.
After a day on the wine trail, head back to Cloverdale, where you can walk to dinner from the Inn or take in a movie at the local theater. With a population of about 9,000, and a downtown that was heralded as one the Coolest Small Towns in America by Frommer's Budget Travel, Cloverdale is long on charm.
Or, if you're spent, turn in for the night in your cozy suite. Pop your included bottle of wine, draw a bath in the whirlpool tub, and soak in the spoils of Sonoma Wine Country. This is one time you won't need help finding your way to bliss.
"Some 90 miles north of San Francisco, Cloverdale is ground zero for Sonoma County's highly regarded zinfandels—but that doesn't mean locals flaunt it. The area's 156 wineries are mostly family-owned and low-key..."-- Budget Travel
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